Re-enable 'unsigned' driver settings after installing an unsigned drvr


  1. Posts : 76
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       #1

    Re-enable 'unsigned' driver settings after installing an unsigned drvr


    OK, first post in this forum, please bear with me. I did try to research BUT all I found was how to disable the unsigned driver block. I followed this tutorial:

    1. Click on the Start Menu, Click on power, then hold the Shift key and click Restart at the same time.
    2. After the PC restarts click on Troubleshoot, click on Advanced options, click Start Up Settings then click Restart.
    3. After the PC restarts Press the number 7 to Disable driver signature enforcement. Windows will now load.
    4. Locate the "blah blah device.inf" Right click on it and choose Install. You'll get a warning but go ahead and install it.
    5. Plug in your device, right click on Start Menu, choose Device Manager.
    6. Expand "Ports (COM & LPT)" If you have more than one device here you'll have to figure out which is the device and then right click on it. choose Update Driver Software
    7. Choose "Browse My Computer for Driver Software" then "Let me pick from a list of devices.."
    8. Check the box "Show compatible hardware" Click on "blah blah blah device" Then click next. You should get a screen that says "Windows has successfully updated your driver software"

    Device working GREAT, BUT, the guide had said (in other places, not posted here) the 'unsigned driver block' will revert back when a restart of the machine occurred. I restarted, and to 'check' if the driver block was re-instated I tried the procedure again. It basically told me the device block was already opened up for any unsigned device driver (did not revert to block unsigned drivers).

    So, to make it simple(?) I need to confirm (or re-enable) the unsigned driver block. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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  2. Sven1458's Avatar
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       #2

    I think it is re enabled automatically, try this: after you installed the unsigned driver, reboot the computer and try to install it again and see what happens. if it lets you install again, it is still disabled, if not, you are good to go
    Sven
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  3. Posts : 76
    10 Pro PC + HP Laptop, 10 Home HP & Dell Laptops
    Thread Starter
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    Sven1458 said:
    I think it is re enabled automatically, try this: after you installed the unsigned driver, reboot the computer and try to install it again and see what happens. if it lets you install again, it is still disabled, if not, you are good to go
    Sven
    Sven, as the OP states ( "Device working GREAT, BUT, the guide had said (in other places, not posted here) the 'unsigned driver block' will revert back when a restart of the machine occurred. I restarted, and to 'check' if the driver block was re-instated I tried the procedure again. It basically told me the device block was already opened up for any unsigned device driver (did not revert to block unsigned drivers).
    " ), already tried that.
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  4. Posts : 654
    windows 10 Pro
       #4

    The driver enforcement will be restored after a reboot your system.
    Did you really reboot your system or wake it up from sleep/hibernation.
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  5. TrustMe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    Maybe try holding down the Shift key and click Shutdown. That will completely shut down the computer. Then power it on and try again.
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  6. Posts : 76
    10 Pro PC + HP Laptop, 10 Home HP & Dell Laptops
    Thread Starter
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    lifetec said:
    The driver enforcement will be restored after a reboot your system.
    Did you really reboot your system or wake it up from sleep/hibernation.
    I shut it down with the 'power/shutdown' option (left click win icon then up to the power icon, then select the shutdown icon). The 'below' reply explains the 'confused' icon here, as I thought this was a 100% shutdown.

    TrustMe said:
    Maybe try holding down the Shift key and click Shutdown. That will completely shut down the computer. Then power it on and try again.
    :) This worked? I do not understand this as I believed the computer was 100% shut down when left clicked (the lower left corner) win icon, then up one icon to power, then selected shut down. Proving this worked I timed the restarts from shutdown (in both configurations ie unsigned driver block removed, and its 'reset' to blocking unsigned drivers. The startup to log-in screen was @ 22 seconds with my OLD (left click win icon, up to power, up to shutdown), and @ 33 seconds from 'Shift' left click win icon, up to power, then shutdown. Can someone please tell me why the computer is not 'shut down' when I use the shutdown without adding the shift key? It takes approximately 11 seconds longer when the shift key is added to the shutdown steps, to restart the computer to the log-in screen. :)

    Guess I have a lot more to learn, it seems!
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  7. TrustMe's Avatar
    Posts : 324
    Windows 10 Pro
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    Glad to hear it worked for you.

    When you shut down the way you described, Power>Shutdown. you are not really shutting down. You are putting the computer in a hybrid sleep mode. It enables your computer to boot faster.

    When you shut down the computer the way I described, Shift key>Shutdown, the computer completely shuts down. The way it use to be in Windows 7 and before. They started using hybrid sleep mode with Windows 8.

    You can read more about it here

    The Pros and Cons of Windows 10 Mode
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  8. Posts : 654
    windows 10 Pro
       #8

    @ Trust me. You beat me with a few seconds.
    Great explanation better as i would done it. (not a native English speaking person).
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  9. Posts : 76
    10 Pro PC + HP Laptop, 10 Home HP & Dell Laptops
    Thread Starter
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    TrustMe said:
    Glad to hear it worked for you.

    When you shut down the way you described, Power>Shutdown. you are not really shutting down. You are putting the computer in a hybrid sleep mode. It enables your computer to boot faster.

    When you shut down the computer the way I described, Shift key>Shutdown, the computer completely shuts down. The way it use to be in Windows 7 and before. They started using hybrid sleep mode with Windows 8.

    You can read more about it here

    The Pros and Cons of Windows 10 Mode
    I'm NEVER too old to learn! I am extremely happy to have solved this problem, it really impacted me inasmuch as I thought it could leave me exposed to some present or future exploit. Of course I am not going to imply that I am without risk in my daily use of the new Win10, BUT, knocking off one worry def helped! THANKS MEMBERS!

    lifetec said:
    @ Trust me. You beat me with a few seconds.
    Great explanation better as i would done it. (not a native English speaking person).
    It takes all members to understand and offer the advice necessary to direct 100% solving of others problems. Although I fully understand the 'competition' in forums, sound confirmation of solutions benefit all. I hope many more can be helped by this unique situation. I thank all who replied, you saved me unnecessary worry in this entire matter. I WILL reference this post in the forum of the equipment I installed, so that the other in that forum can re-enable their disabled block on their systems (unless they knew and actually did shut down their system 100%). I am a firm believer that knowledge is power, and am willing to help others who are in error or think they are 'protected. Thanks everyone!

    PS: I will close this forum as 'solved' in a day or two, in case someone else wants to comment on this topic.

    PPS: I will (onward) use the 'shift/power/shutdown' option to shut down my system. I believe shutting down a computer (old fashioned, set in my ways) completely negates a possibly of any persistent piece of malware.
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  10. TrustMe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    lifetec said:
    @ Trust me. You beat me with a few seconds.
    Great explanation better as i would done it. (not a native English speaking person).
    @ lifetec Thanks, it has happen to me too. I type out a long explanation and some one beats me to it. I just happen to get lucky this time.
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